Booth Babes and Cosplayers who dress up as sexy character’s with very little clothing, certainly get a lot of attention. In the case of booth babes, they are just doing their jobs by reeling in horny nerds with bulging wallets. But what is their presence saying about how we all view women?
Objectification of women is seen enough in mainstream media, advertising and entertainment. But it is also present at Conventions. Sex sells, and the commodity is women’s bodies.
It is because of this that women who dress up as scantily clad characters are greeted with harassment by convention goers that think that just because they chose to show ample amounts of skin, that they are inviting inappropriate actions. Here is an account from a cosplayer from the website Nerd Reacter, of just how often she has had to deal with harassment just because of her costumes. It is interesting to note that she only gets harassed at conventions that are supposed to be a safe an open environment, compared to her everyday life.
Part of me wants to scold these women for wearing revealing clothing. They are feeding into this idea that women’s bodies are objects meant to be viewed, but another part of me doesn’t think they should be denied to dress up as a character they may genuinely like.
As I have said before, I get that women want to feel sexy and it certainly is flattering to receive attention for being attractive. However, it is the REST of the world I have an issue with, not women who choose to wear revealing clothing. Until society stops being a hypocrite by calling women whores but then going home to beat off to a chick in bond gear, nothing will change. We all live in a world where, as I said, sex sells. But, everyone conveniently has a moral streak when it comes to certain things like flesh, maintaining that it must be covered or denying that women are sexual creatures.
Conventions should be fun and safe. I remember my first, and could literally FEEL the acceptance pouring out from every inch of the exhibit floor. One half of the attendees shouldn’t have to afraid or ashamed of their bodies just because the other half feels the need to grope and stare. If you ever see this happening, do something about it; maybe one day if enough people stand up, it will finally be unacceptable to sexually harass a woman and not just frowned upon.